No one wants a leaking shower. Not only can it do damage to your house, it can cause unwanted smells, damage to surrounding areas, dampness and attract white ants. And apart from that, a leaking shower can be hard to keep clean as dampness and leaking can cause a build up of dirt and mould in grout and on walls and let’s face it, that in itself is not a very attractive look and hard to remove.
As a result we start using aggressive cleaning products, which can do damage to your sealants, as only few are resistant to such harsh and abrasive products.
Understanding why showers do leak and what warning signs to look out for if they do, can help prevent a leaking shower and at the very least, identify a leaking shower in an early stage and take action before too much harm is done.
So what are the common causes?
Building movement, which can cause cracks in walls. Every building has a natural movement due to temperature changes and changing weather conditions (moisture)
Gaps between wall and floor due to vibration in the shower walls caused by the shower door and also because of natural building movement
Failing of the waterproof membrane underneath your shower floor
Harsh cleaning products that break down the sealants and grout
Low quality choice of sealants and silicones used to seal the shower. These can have a limited life span and can only cope with a certain amount of leakage
Lack of knowledge by contractors regarding waterproofing techniques
Badly hung ceramic tiles
How will I know my shower is leaking? Regular inspection of your wet areas is a great idea, as the sooner a leak is identified, the better. What sort of signs should I look out for? Shower walls and grout have a built up of mould
Smell caused by rotting of timber and wet carpet/flooring
Paint flaking off walls/ceiling
Cracks in walls
Grout falling out/missing
Lose tiles (coming off the walls)
Bathroom door is jamming
If you have a suspicion that there might be a leak in your shower, don’t wait and give Platinum Seal a call on 0426 747 816 for an obligation free quote and expert advice.